English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
|"Love" get the daily dose of love
it deserves. The word is endlessly used today by
singers, songwriters, poets, enthusiatics, hopefuls, and hopeless romantics. The most common
perception of love is in essence any passionate feeling that is express to another person. This is
in fact the actual perception of love, but there are many ways to express it and use it in language.
Dating back to 825 AD, this crusty word has saved the world from famine, war, riot, and bitterness.
There is no doubt in my mind that "love will rein forever more."
On a cold Tuesday, I took time out of my busy schedule to ask5 people to use my word in a sentence,
and give and give me their common perceptions. Jon Lott used the sentence "I love to torture
people" (nice kid!) Conor Tynan said "The love between them could never be altered."
My father said "I love to eat dinner with my family" My sister Jackie told me that she
"...loves her boyfriend." Finally my friend Sonya Douglas said"love is a mystery and
I just don't understand it." 100% of the survey told me that "love" was some
form of adoration, passion, in short strong emotions to another (the most common perception of the
word.) A subject of a separate, George (whose first language was Albanian) said he's known the
word since he was in 1st grade. The full meat of the emotion takes years to understand, but simple
variations of the word itself are universal. Everyone has certain understandings of the word, but
for an official source (no offense to those who took the survey)let's see what the Oxford
English Dictionary says.
If you're one of these people that thinks love was always spelt L-O-V-E, you couldn't be
more wrong. Here are some different variations of "love" since OE(Olde English) was
written;: lufu, lou, loove,luf. luif, and my favorite liuba. I can't wait to tell my family how
much I liuba them. If you thought there were too many variations, well then prepare for the
definitions. OED has given us many variations, versions, and definitions of this beautiful word. The
first definition states love as a noun, it reads' "The disposition or state of feeling
with regard to a person which manifests itself in solicitude for the welfare of an objects, and
usually a delight in his or her presence searching for approval, warm affection, and
attachment." In short that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you are around someone. As a noun,
love is also viewed as an abstract feeling, or personification (For example the British author
Preston states love and hatred as Lords and Master.) The word was used to describe an instance of
affection. Dead uses of the word include the Olde English term of a legal settlement, another dead
use was literally “”silky stuff. As a verb it can be applied as to one falling in love, to show
affection, to be in love, etc. For me the uses of love are not nearly as interesting as the many
different expressions of it. There is love for your brother, erotic love, and pure love, (in Greek
these words are translated as philios, eros, and agape,) there is love for a possession, and even
for a pass time. All of these words have been expressed before words like lufu, before text. Words
are very powerful, and people are constantly moved by them. Love for words began with expressions of
love, and authors have used it to their advantages.
William Shakespeare had much to write about love. In his play Love's Labour's Lost he
writes “My love to thee is sound sans crackel or flaw” In the same play he writes “Run faire love,
strewing her in flowers.” Other famous authors include Rudyard Kipling of The Jungle Book fame who
writes “Do you want to two for Brixam/For what/For love” Voltaire, writer of Candide, says in his
book Morley “They should prove their love of him whom they had not seen, but love of their brothers
whom they had seen” These writers gave us positive connotations of the word, but “love” has been
used negatively. Campbell wrote in Taurine Provinces “The great Lou Provenco... bore a small fortune
between his horns, until he was killed in a love-duel by a younger rival” conveying the message that
love brings little satisfaction. Even Shakespeare wrote of negative love in his play As You Like It
“You have simply misused our sexe for your love prate”
Today in our present age of 2007 ,“love ” is still in frequent use by a number of different people.
In the article Put Some Autumn in Your Step by Alison Maxwell, the fashion designer Michel Fink
exclaims “It's our favorite shoe of the season. We love it paired with everything from shoes to
skirts” In an article about Red Sox player Manny Ramirez entitled Ramirez's Homer Celebration,
Not Joyful For All , Manny says “If someone strikes me out and shows me up, that's part of the
game. I love it. I like to compete. When people strike me out and show me up it's all good.
It's no hard feeling” Susan Wolszczyna of USA Today writes in her review of Elizabeth: The
Golden Age “Actually, it's not unlike the relationship between the love-starved Elizabeth and
the raffish Raleigh as they share intimate talks in stolen moments away from the prying eyes of the
court. And, much like her manipulative monarch, the radiant Blanchett has the kind of presence that
can command if not monopolize a situation if she so wishes.” Did you notice something that linked
all the subjects of the articles together? It is not that they are rich and famous, but rather they
all share a passion for what they do. Love links them together.
“Love” the one word used to describe fashion, baseball, and Cate Blanchett (whom I myself love.)
Looking at it right now, love is not so much a word, but its own language. In countries around the
world love is freely expressed, and known by millions. Although English is a very well known
language, it's not nearly as known as Mandarin. In a few centuries English my be extinct, but
one can be sure that love is here to stay.
Crew is a sport of strength, majesty, power, and
teamwork. According to the OED, the word has been
In the world of literature, Britain has had a
very special rank among other countries. Although
In 1559 years of literature, British authors has
written very dominant and three dimensional female
In many of these works, British authors have
included lavish upper-class homes in their works. In